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Garage Ready Freezer - Best Chest Freezer Models

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Apr 13, 2020 2:21 PM
Jeff Allaire

Above the Fold Image Garage Ready Chest Freezer - GE Chest Freezer


Please note: Freezers have been in high demand, and they are sold out all over. We don't know when they will be back in stock. As a result, this article may be just a little bit less useful in these trying times!


So you're looking for a garage ready chest freezer. Options are limited and it can get confusing when you're trying to research your options online - a freezer may get tagged as a "garage ready" model by a website simply because people have left reviews stating that they have installed it in a garage. In mild climates where the temperature never gets much below 40 degrees, you don't technically need a garage ready model. If you live in the northeast US or other areas with freezing winters, you'll need to check that the freezer you choose can handle below-freezing temperatures.

We'll review which major appliance brands offer chest freezers that can be installed in your garage to help you choose the right model for your needs! One great resource on why you should choose a garage ready model and what options are available can be found here. They really did their research!

For more info on choosing a new freezer, check out our freezer buying guide.


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What Brands Make Garage Chest Freezers?

Different brands state different temperature tolerances in the owner manuals. Whether you can use their freezers in the garage depends on how their listed temperature tolerances compare to your climate. Here are what a few brands have to say:

  • Whirlpool - The owner's manuals for their chest freezers state that they perform best between 32-110 °F. Not explicitly garage ready.

  • Maytag (owned by Whirlpool) - Their owner's manuals state that they perform best in temperatures between 32-110 °F. Not explicitly garage ready.

  • Amana (also owned by Whirlpool) - The owner's manual notes that the freezers operate most efficiently in temperatures from 32-110 °F. Not explicitly garage ready.

  • Hotpoint - The owner's manual for model HCM7SMWW recommends that you not install where the temperature can go below 0 °F or above 110 °F. Not explicitly garage ready.

  • GE - GE's chest freezers are garage ready and can tolerate temperatures from 0-110 °F.

  • Frigidaire - The owner's manual notes that temperatures below 32 °F will not effect the freezer's operation, and that the max ambient temperature is 110 °F. Not explicitly garage ready.

What this boils down to: at least in the northeast US, we wouldn't recommend choosing a Whirlpool, Maytag, or Amana chest freezer simply because they aren't explicitly listed as tolerating temperatures below 32 degrees. We like that GE states outright that their freezers are garage ready.

Frigidaire and Hotpoint freezers should perform well as long as your garage is dry and relatively well ventilated. However, this type of installation may void the manufacturer's warranty, so weigh that potential cost carefully.

As far as chest freezer design goes - GE is our favorite, since they include many "nice-to-have" features at reasonable prices and offer more Energy Star rated models.



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Garage Ready Chest Freezer Reviews


1. The Frigidaire FFFC15M4TW - 14.8 cu ft - $599 MSRP

This is one model that, while not explicitly rated for garage use, should work okay. However, should you have an issue under warranty, it may not be covered if it is installed in a garage. The Frigidaire FFFC15M4TW is a very popular model and should suit households of 8-10 people, or smaller households that want to store a lot of frozen goods most of the year.

Inside you'll find two SpaceWise adjustable baskets and LED lighting. You can adjust the temperature using a dial located externally on the side of the unit. There is a power on indicator light and a lock for your peace of mind, plus optional casters are included so you can move it if needed. 

If you need a large chest freezer but would like more features - in particular interior storage options - check out the GE FCM16DLWW, which includes an audible temperature alarm and two levels of sliding baskets.



  • Manual defrost

  • Optional casters included

  • Lock with key

  • Power-on indicator light

  • SpaceWise adjustable baskets

  • LED interior lighting



  • Height: 32.5"

  • Width: 55.75"

  • Depth: 29.56"



Frigidaire FFFC15M4TW Chest Freezer



2. The Hotpoint HCM7SMWW - 7.1 cu ft - $269 MSRP

If you need a smaller chest freezer for 3-5 people, the Hotpoint HCM7SMWW could be a great option. It's a smaller model that requires 3" of clearance on the sides and back. 

This basic model includes a power-on indicator light on the front next to the adjustable dial temperature control. The defrost drain is located on the front for easy access. Inside you'll find a removable wire basket.

Again, note that since this model is not explicitly garage rated, a garage installation may void the warranty.



  • Manual defrost

  • Power-on indicator light

  • Wire basket

  • Front defrost drain



  • Height: 33.25"

  • Width: 37"

  • Depth: 21.625"



Hotpoint HCM7SMWW Chest Freezer



3. The GE FCM11PHWW - 10.6 cu ft - $599 MSRP

One of our top-selling GE garage freezers is the 10.6 cubic foot GE FCM11PHWW. This model is designed and tested to handle garage installations so it's a great option. The size is ideal for large households of up to 7 people, or for smaller households that want to freeze extra garden produce or lots of meat. It's Energy Star rated, so it should cost 10% less to run than a comparable non Energy Star model.

It comes with three slide-out wire storage baskets. The interior lighting uses energy efficient LEDs. The freezer can be locked with the included key, and it's easy to make sure it's running properly thanks to the power-on indicator light on the front of the freezer. 

So if you're looking for an energy efficient chest freezer for your garage, this GE model is a great option!



  • Manual defrost

  • Energy Star rated

  • Lock with key

  • Power-on indicator light

  • 3 lift-out sliding baskets

  • LED interior lighting



  • Height: 33.5"

  • Width: 51"

  • Depth: 27.5"


Click here to read over 90 real customer reviews of this product!



GE FCM11PHWW Chest Freezer



We hope this helps you choose a new freezer. Leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!

Topics: Hotpoint, Frigidaire, GE Appliances, Upright Freezers


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